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September 20, 2012

ECC HIT graduate earns maximum scaled score on national exam

TARBORO — For the second time in two years, a graduate of the health information technology (HIT) program at Edgecombe Community College has received the maximum scaled score of 400 on the national Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) examination.

Eileen K. Hnatuck achieved this accomplishment just weeks after graduating from ECC with a 4.0 GPA.

In addition to her maximum scaled score of 400/400 on the national RHIT exam, Hnatuck, who lives in Cary, was nominated by the North Carolina Health Information Management Association for an American Health Information Management Association Student Triumph Award-2012.

In 2011, ECC graduate Joe Naasz, RHIT, of Garner, NC, also received a maximum scaled score of 400 and went on to work for Duke University Medical Center Hospital in the HIMS Department. After a year, Naasz transferred to DUMC Hospital Coding Section.

“We are very proud of our graduates and give credit to the more than 100 clinical affiliate hospitals throughout North Carolina and beyond that help us ‘build’ great future health information management professionals who are highly successful,” says Kim Bell, HIT program chair at ECC.

Through its health information curriculum, Edgecombe offers a two-year associate in applied science degree, a one-year coding diploma, a coding certificate, a protected health information certificate, an ambulatory billing/coding certificate, and a hospital ambulatory coding certificate.

ECC HIT anticipates adding a one-year post-graduate health informatics diploma in 2013 to help health care providers and health information professionals work with Electronic Health Records in their health care settings.

Also, effective in fall 2013, ECC HIT will offer ICD-10 coding education for ECC students and qualified HIM professionals.

“Our HIT program has been working with area hospitals since fall 2010 in educating HIM and coding professionals to prepare for ICD-10-CMS and ICD-10-PCS through totally online preparatory courses in anatomy and physiology and medical terminology, which will be critically important to the successful coding in the ICD-10-CMS and ICD-10-PCS Coding Classification System,” Bell adds.

“We always strive to help our HIM professionals and communities meet their workforce skills needs in advance of their demands.”

For more information about studying HIT at Edgecombe, call 823-5166, ext. 259.

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